Rebuilding Lives Award 2018 Winners
The Spinal Injuries Association Rebuilding Lives Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals and groups in the spinal cord injured community, who inspire others through their work or hobbies or during their rehabilitation. Our sixth awards ceremony took place on Wednesday 6 June 2018 at the Williams Conference Centre.
With over 170 nominations to this year’s awards, it was incredibly difficult to choose the winners as each one is such a great example to us all. Our huge thanks and warmest congratulations to the nominees and Award winners. As our host for the day, TV Presenter Matt Barbet said. “Today’s Award winners and nominees are remarkable examples of what can be achieved after injury. With the right care and support a fulfilled life is indeed possible as our Award winners show.”
Rebuilding Lives Awards 2018 could not take place without the generosity of event sponsors Slater and Gordon, Hollister and Total Community Care.
Our warmest thanks also go to Claire Williams, SIA Vice-President and Deputy Team Principal at Williams Racing, and all of her amazing team for their support not just at this event but throughout the year.
SIA Torch Trophy
SIA is enormously grateful for the support it receives from all of our corporate supporters. Speed Medical, based in Chorley, are a new supporter of SIA and have shown their enthusiasm, energy as well as a keen understanding of the work of SIA and the needs of SCI people. Whether they have been raising funds through a charity golf day, sending over 50 Christmas cards to patients at SCI Centres across the UK for SIA’s Christmas campaign, it has been a pleasure to work alongside the team at Speed Medical. They have actively involved staff from across the organisation to raise awareness of SIA and we therefore award them the SIA Torch Trophy.
Winner: Speed Medical
SIA Volunteer of the Year Award
Award kindly sponsored by: Pertemps Network
This award is presented to a volunteer who has been instrumental in supporting the work of the charity. The nomination could be for one of our office, event or service volunteers who has made a significant difference to any area of the charity’s work in the last year. The nominee must have volunteered for SIA during 2017.
Nominees: William Jones, Steph Watson, Victoria de Nemethy
Winner: William Jones
SIA Fundraiser of the Year Award
This award is presented to recognise the importance of voluntary fundraising or other similar support. It recognises those who make voluntary contributions of money and/or other resources towards the services that are vital to SIA. The nominee must have fundraised for SIA during 2017.
Nominees: Robert Groves, Rhiannon Daniel, the team of Sarah Wilkinson, Jen Carson, Sarah Dyer, Barbara Bond, Jacqui Ponde.
Winner: Robert Groves
Healthcare Professional of the Year Award
This award is presented to an experienced outstanding healthcare professional who has gone above and beyond the usual expectations of their job role and has made a significant difference to spinal cord injured (SCI) people and the SCI community.
Nominees: Alison Lamb, Sarah Carr, Peter Bishop-Pointe
Winner: Alison Lamb
Rising Star Medal
This medal is presented to a young health professional from each of the 12 spinal centres across the country. The nomination should be for someone who has gone above and beyond in his or her role.
Winners: Sarah Standish, Lynne Morris, Kimberley Fentem, Rebecca Ellis
Outstanding Team Award
Award kindly sponsored by: Irwin Mitchell Solicitors
This award is presented to a team that has made a significant difference to the care, treatment or lives of SCI people in NHS Spinal Cord Injury Centres, District General Hospitals or Rehab Centres.
Nominees: Southport SIC Outpatient Department; Outreach Team RNOH; Secretaries/Administrators, Mildand Centre for Spinal Injuries
Winner: Southport SIC Outpatient Department
Inspirational Carer Award
This award is presented to an outstanding paid or unpaid carer working in the community or care home setting who has made a significant difference to spinal cord injured people and the SCI community.
Nominees: Anna Barwinek, George Rutlsire Jean, Judith Sallies
Winner: Judith Sallies
Sports and Recreation Achievement Award
Award kindly sponsored by: SIA Healthcare
This award is presented to an individual or team who has provided inspirational contributions through outstanding sporting, arts or recreational achievements, whether during rehabilitation, hobby or profession.
Nominees: Drew Graham, Jane Sowerby, Nikki Emerson
Winner: Drew Graham
Member’s Choice Award
Award kindly sponsored by: Bush & Company
This award is presented to a spinal cord injured individual who has shown courage, commitment and determination as they rehabilitated and rebuilt their lives after injury. This person will have also inspired others through their positive way of thinking and mind-set.
Nominees: Phil Downs, Linda Cain, Jonathan Brough
Winner: Linda Cain
Young Person of the Year Award
Award kindly sponsored by: Birchall Blackburn Law
This award is presented to a young spinal cord injured person aged 25 and under, who has provided an outstanding level of contribution to the SCI community, and their SCI peers.
Nominees: Evie Toombes, Derry Felton, Callan Rawnsley
Winner: Callan Rawnsley
Paul Smith Award for Life-Time Achievement Award
This award is presented in honour of Paul Smith, SIA’s Chief Executive Officer, who passed away in 2014. This nominee must be a spinal cord injured individual, who has shown similar levels of commitment and dedication to the spinal cord injury community. This person will have also inspired others through their positive way of thinking and mind-set.
Nominees: Geoff Holt MBE DL, Helen Cooke, John Leonard
Winner: Geoff Holt MBE DL
Stephen Bradshaw Award for Rebuilding Lives
The Stephen Bradshaw Award is the final award of the ceremony and is presented to a category winner who the awards committee feels stands out above all others. The Stephen Bradshaw Award for Rebuilding Lives is given in honour of SIA’s first Executive Director. Stephen held this post for over 20 years before retiring in 2000. He worked tirelessly on behalf of SCI people and the wider disability community to bring about many of the legislative changes that exist on the statute books today.
Winner: Linda Cain